Recently, I saw a powerful video clip from a Charles Spurgeon called "God with us".  I plan to share this tomorrow morning as part of 10:30 Celebration Service sermon.  Below is part of the text from the 1854 Charles Spurgeon that word in the clip were taken from.

 

 

 Now we come to close with THE NAME OF CHRIST—“And shall call His name Immanuel.”  6 The Birth of Christ Sermon #2392 
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 I hoped, dear Friends, that I would have my voice this morning, that I might talk about my Master’s name. I hoped 
to be allowed to drive along in my swift chariot, but, as the wheels are taken off, I must be content to go as I can. We 
sometimes creep when we cannot go and go when we cannot run, but oh, here is a sweet name to close up with—“She 
shall call His name Immanuel.” Others in the olden time called their children by names which had meaning in them. They 
did not give them the names of eminent persons whom they would very likely grow up to hate, and wish they had never 
heard of! They had names full of meaning which recorded some circumstance of their birth. There was Cain—“I have 
gotten a man from the Lord,” said his mother, and she called him Cain, that is, “Gotten,” or, “Acquired.” There was 
Seth—that is, “Appointed,” for his mother said, “God has appointed me another seed instead of Abel.” Noah means 
“Rest,” or, “Comfort.” Ishmael was so called by his mother because God had heard her. Isaac was called, “Laughter,”
because he brought laughter to Abraham’s home. Jacob was called the supplanter, or the crafty one, because he would 
supplant his brother. We might point out many similar instances—perhaps this custom was a good one among the Hebrews, though the peculiar formation of our language might not allow us to do the same, except in a certain measure.  
 We see, therefore, that the Virgin Mary called her son, Immanuel, that there might be a meaning in His name, “God 
with us.” My soul, ring these words again,  “God with us.” Oh, it is one of the bells of Heaven! Let us strike it yet 
again—“God with us.” Oh, it is a stray note from the sonnets of Paradise! “God with us.” Oh, it is the lisping of a seraph! “God with us.” Oh, it is one of the notes of the singing of Jehovah when He rejoices over His Church with singing! 
“God with us.” Tell it, tell it, tell it—this is the name of Him who is born today—
“Hark, the herald angels sing!”  
This is His name, “God with us”—God with us, by His Incarnation, for the august Creator of the world did walk upon 
this globe! He who made ten thousand orbs, each of them more mighty and more vast than this earth, became the Inhabitant of this tiny atom! He who was from everlasting to everlasting, came to this world of time and stood upon the narrow 
neck of land betwixt the two unbounded seas! “God with us.” He has not lost that name—Jesus had that name on earth 
and He has it, now, in Heaven! He is now, “God with us.”  
 Believer, He is God with you to protect you! You are not alone, because the Savior is with you! Put me in the desert, 
where vegetation grows not—I can still say, “God with us.” Put me on the wild ocean and let my ship dance madly on 
the waves—I would still say, “Immanuel, God with us.” Mount me on the sunbeam and let me fly beyond the western 
sea—still I would say, “God with us.” Let my body dive down into the depths of the ocean and let me hide in its caverns—still I could, as a child of God say, “God with us.” Yes, and in the grave, sleeping there in corruption—still I can 
see the footmarks of Jesus! He trod the path of all His people and His name is still, “God with us.”  
 But if you would know this name most sweetly, you must know it by the teaching of the Holy Spirit. Has God been 
with us this morning? What is the use of coming to Chapel if God is not there? We might as well be at home if we have no 
visits of Jesus Christ and, certainly, we may come, and come, and come as regularly as that door turns on its hinges unless 
it is, “God with us,” by the influence of the Holy Spirit! Unless the Holy Spirit takes the things of Christ and applies 
them to our heart, it is not, “God with us.” Otherwise, God is a consuming fire. It is “God with us” that I love—
“Till God in human flesh I see,  
My thoughts no comfort find.”  
  Now ask yourselves, do you know what “God with us” means? Has it been God with you in your tribulations, by the 
Holy Spirit’s comforting influence? Has it been God with you in searching the Scriptures? Has the Holy Spirit shone 
upon the Word? Has it been God with you in conviction, bringing you to Sinai? Has it been God with you in comforting 
you, by bringing you, again, to Calvary? Do you know the full meaning of that name, Immanuel, “God with us”? No—
he who knows it best knows little of it! Alas, he who knows it not at all is ignorant, indeed—so ignorant that his ignorance is not bliss, but will be his damnation! Oh, may God teach you the meaning of that name, Immanuel, “God with 
us”!  
 Now let us close. “Immanuel.” It is wisdom’s mystery, “God with us.” Sages look at it and wonder. Angels desire to 
see it. The plumb-line of reason cannot reach half-way into its depths. The eagle wings of science cannot fly so high and 
the piercing eye of the vulture of research cannot see it! “God with us.” It is Hell’s terror! Satan trembles at the sound of 
it. His legions fly apace, the black-winged dragon of the Pit quails before it! Let Satan come to you suddenly and do you 
but whisper that word, “God with us”—back he falls—confounded and confused! Satan trembles when he hears that Sermon #2392 The Birth of Christ 7 
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name, “God with us.” It is the laborer’s strength—how could he preach the Gospel, how could he bend his knees in 
prayer, how could the missionary go into foreign lands, how could the martyr stand at the stake, how could the confessor 
acknowledge his Master, how could men labor if that one word were taken away? “God with us,” is the sufferer’s comfort, is the balm of his woe, is the alleviation of his misery, is the sleep which God gives to His beloved, is their rest after 
exertion and toil.  
 Ah, and to finish, “God with us” is eternity’s sonnet, is Heaven’s hallelujah, is the shout of the glorified, is the song 
of the redeemed, is the chorus of angels, is the everlasting oratorio of the great orchestra of the sky! “God with us”—
“Hail You Immanuel, all Divine,  
In You Your Father’s glories shine!  
You brightest, sweetest, fairest One,  
That eyes have seen or angels known.”  
  Now, a happy Christmas to you all and it will be a happy Christmas if you have God with you! I shall say nothing, 
today, against festivities on this great birthday of Christ. I hold that, perhaps, it is not right to have the birthday celebrated, but we will never be among those who think it as much a duty to celebrate it the wrong way as others the right! 
But we will, tomorrow, think of Christ’s birthday. We shall be obliged to do it, I am sure, however sturdily we may hold 
to our rough Puritanism. And so, “let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” Do not feast as if you wished to keep the festival of Bacchus! Do not live, tomorrow, as if you adored some heathen divinity. Feast, Christians, feast! You have a right to feast. 
Go to the house of feasting tomorrow! Celebrate your Savior’s birth. Do not be ashamed to be glad—you have a right 
to be happy. Solomon says, “Go your way, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart; for God 
now accepts your works. Let your garments be always white and let your head lack no ointment.”—
“Religion never was designed  
To make our pleasures less.”  
 Remember that your Master ate butter and honey. Go your way, rejoice tomorrow, but, in your feasting, think of 
the Man in Bethlehem—let Him have a place in your hearts, give Him the glory, think of the virgin who conceived 
Him—but think, most of all, of the Man born, the Child given! I finish by again saying—
“A HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!” 
 
EXPOSITION BY C. H. SPURGEON:
Matthew 2:1-12.